13 oracle items tagged as midnight
October 6, 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I think everyone who bought Ghost Stories can agree with the following: Midnight is a very unique song. I didn't knew any other artists who made music in Midnight's style. A few days ago I noticed that Jon Hopkins' music does sound a bit like Midnight. So, was Midnight inspired by Jon Hopkins, or did Coldplay really create a new 'style' on its own?

Isabelle, Netherlands

It's not a new style; Jon nor the band invented it but the ambient Midnight was based upon a previously unreleased song - Amphora - and another track both written by Jon. He's a highly talented fella & we love him.

July 14, 2014 / submitted by Sara, United States of America
Q.  Greetings mighty Oracle! A friend and I were talking about which Coldplay song we thought was the most difficult to perform live, and we both thought Midnight would be up there. How exactly does Chris sing with the vocoder effect? Is it a prerecorded track that he sings with or is the vocoder effect done live? We were curious. Nonetheless, it always sounds great live. Thanks for the help!

There was a point when the band did wonder how the heck they were going to play Midnight live. But it is all live - even the vocoder effect. Will plays the Reactable (I have spoken of this a few times so won't go into details again here, but feel free to use the search field to find the posts), Guy plays the laser harp/bass... Actually, you can watch it here.

June 5, 2014 / submitted by Alex, Canada
Q.  Hi dear Oracle,

When Chris plays the laser harp in Midnight, does he play for real? It looks like his hands are going randomly above the lasers!

Thank you

I'm pretty sure it's only for show and Chris is just using it as a visual effect. Guy is definitely playing the laser harp for real though.

June 2, 2014 / submitted by Christopher, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle
Is there an update on when the US fans might be able to purchase the Midnight 45 single, either online or in a store? I know Anchorman said it was delayed and it wouldn't make it here for RSD, but that was a quite a while ago!

Thank you!

You should be able to grab a copy at some of the larger independent record stores. Here are some stockists that definitely have/had it:

Bull Moose - Maine & New Hampshire

Turntable Lab - NYC (physical store and online shop)

Newbury Comics - Mass, Conn, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island

Vintage Vinyl - New Jersey

Amoeba - Los Angeles

Amoeba - San Francisco

Cactus Music - Houston, TX

Waterloo - Austin, TX

Silver Platters - Seattle, WA

Exclusive Company - Wisconsin

Plan 9 - Richmond, VA

Von's Shop - Indiana

Shake It Records - Cincinnati, OH

There are quite a few smaller ones stocking it too so it's worth having a look around.

May 6, 2014 / submitted by Johnny, United States of America
Q.  I know Magic and A Sky Full Of Stars are the first two singles of the Ghost Stories era. What does that leave Midnight? How would this be classified?

Singles are usually taken from an album - but not always - and released for sale. Midnight was what they call in the biz, a promotional track.
The band premiered the video on the website but it wasn't released as a single. Promo items such as digital downloads are commonplace but of course in this case, there was also the limited pressing of a 7" for Record Store Day. That doesn't make it a single though - despite it having a video.

April 17, 2014 / submitted by Isaiah, United States of America
Q.  Hello,
Is the Midnight 7-inch vinyl release include a b-side?

No, as Anchorman reported, the one-sided vinyl will have an exclusive etching on its reverse.

April 15, 2014 / submitted by Christian, Sweden
Q.  Hey, How many copies of Midnight 7-inch vinyl will be released?

I believe there will be a couple of thousand copies available.
For those who don't know, Record Store Day arrives this weekend (19 April) & Coldplay are releasing a 7" of Midnight.

April 14, 2014 / submitted by Sam, Australia
Q.  Oh Oracle why must you deprive us of Midnight?
Ps. Listening to Magic for the 500000th time ??

You can listen to Midnight anytime you like, Sam.

March 6, 2014 / submitted by Jose, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle, could you tell me who produced the new album, Ghost Stories? I know that Jon Hopkins produced Midnight, but did he also produce the rest of the album? Thanks!

Ghost Stories was a collaborative effort. As you said, Jon produced Midnight, Rik Simpson & Dan Green were of course involved and Paul Epworth also worked on the album. Guy actually did a lot of the production this time round.

March 6, 2014 / submitted by Jen, Canada
Q.  Dear Wise and Magical Oracle,

I was thinking the other day that I'd probably watched the Midnight video more times than the band had! This made me wonder how much input the band have into the making of their videos and how many times they actually DO watch the videos as they're being edited and put together. Are they right in the editing suite making suggestions, or do they agree on a general concept and then let the filmmaker run with it once the filming is over?

The band don't sit in on the editing process, no. They are involved with the concept and storyboard process and obviously the video shoot if they're in it. By the editing stage, they will already have a good idea how the end result will look.